World of Warcraft starts worldwide contest

Who is the best World of Warcraft player in the world? Blizzard wants to find out and is starting their inaugural worldwide arena tournament.

"DRM increases value" - Macrovision writes to Jobs

Macrovision, most well known for its VCR anti-copying protection, is getting on the open letter game by publicly telling Apple's Steve Jobs that DRM can actually increase consumer value.

Next-gen digital downloads: Wii sets the standard

While each platform offers advantages for different user groups, we learned - after spending a great deal of time (and money) with the three platforms - that it is the Wii that offers the best user experience at this time.

New PS3 demo, PSOne game hit Playstation Store

For the first time in months, a PS3 demo and a PSOne classic will both be making their way to the Playstation Store as part of this week's update

Take-Two exec pleads guilty to stock fraud

The man in charge of the company that published Grand Theft Auto has pled guilty to falsifying financial records and faces a potential sentence of prison time and more than $7 million in fines.

Sell virtual gold like the big boys with Sparter

Culver City (CA) - Virtual gold trading used to be confined to eBay and a select group of real-money trading (RMT) sites, but Sparter is now allowing the regular joe to buy and sell currency for many popular games. Think of it as a Peer 2 Peer trading sites where World of Warcraft, EVE and Everquest 1 and 2 players can buy virtual money and also put up excess loot for a modest 10% commission. To protect customers, Sparter puts all real money into escrow until the completion of the trade.

Sharp develops technology for cheaper Blu-ray

With Blu-ray Disc hardware notoriously more expensive than the competing HD DVD players, Sharp has developed a new technology to bring down the cost of BD recorders.

Fling Stormtroopers through walls in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Lucasarts has announced a new game in the Star Wars saga that will let players use the force and fling people into and THROUGH walls.

Nintendo quietly unveils new Wii voting channel

Nintendo has opened up a voting platform that allows users to look at poll results in their area and around the world.

Chicago Autoshow spices up coverage with webcams

The Chicago Autoshow is revving up its coverage with the addition of remotely-controlled webcams.  The webcams are spaced throughout the show floor and provide coverage of major booths like Ford, Chrysler, and Volkswagen.

Turtle Beach launches Wii headphones

Turtle Beach today announced the availability of the Ear Force W3 headphones, a pair of wireless headphones designed for use with the Wii.

Battlestar Galactica coming to Xbox and PC

Sierra Online is bringing the popular sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica to the Xbox Live network and PCs in a new video game this fall.

DRM group wants Steve Jobs to join

The Coral Consortium, a DRM interoperability group, has publicly asked Apple boss Steve Jobs to join.

The Sims Life Stories makes retail debut

After letting The Sims run its course as one of the top-selling PC game series, EA today launched a new installment in the franchise that offers a more casual, story-driven focus to the basic Sims framework, in an attempt to expand its reach to the non-gamer crowd.

eBayers cash in on NASA scandal

Culver City (CA ) - Inventive eBay users are taking advantage of NASA's astronaut scandal by selling autographed photographs of astronaut Lisa M. Nowak along with other humorous merchandise.   One 8 X 10-inch photo being sold by "lolavanbean" is currently fetching $10,000 and the price could go much higher. Other eBay users are selling "Astronaut Love Triangle" shirts and even Nowak-branded Astronaut diapers.  

Zelda becomes Wii's first platinum title

In less than three months, Nintendo's major launch title for the Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, has sold more than one million copies in North and South America, making it the first standalone title for the Wii to earn the platinum distinction.

Toyota launches real Scion models in Second Life

Toyota has launched an updated Scion xB model and the new xD in both real and Second Life.

Nvidia posts game profiles

Nvidia is offering a shortcut to configure your graphics card to the best possible settings in a video game.

Nextel releases wireless toy for Nascar fans

Nextel has released a new high-tech toy for Nascar fans. The company said that its Fanview device, essentially a video streaming handheld, is available for purchase.

Microsoft to open Xbox Gamerscore rewards program

Loyal Xbox 360 owners who have managed to climb into the Gamerscore stratosphere will soon be able to get some sort of benefit for their efforts, when Microsoft opens up its Reward Challenge program later this month, with smaller awards available for users who haven't logged as much time on their console.